(in 1991, a boston university investigatory committee determined he had plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation plagiarism was also discovered in his word at crozer however, the committee did not recommend his degree be revoked evidence of plagiarism had been discovered by boston university archivists in. During his third year of doctoral work at boston university, martin luther king wrote crozer theological seminary's george davis, his former advisor, about his progress in graduate school he disclosed that his habit of plagiarizing others' work, intentionally or not, can be found in the various drafts of his dissertation king. In 1991, a boston university investigatory committee concluded that king had indeed plagiarized parts of his dissertation, but found that it was “impractical to reach, on the available evidence, any conclusions about dr king's reasons for failing to attribute some, but not all, of his sources” that is, it could. News stories of recent months underscore the fact that the place of martin luther king, jr in our national mythology is still not secure perhaps that should to understand this is to understand why dr king's plagiarism was so prominently featured in the prestige media in a way that his adulteries were not. For starters, his own university admits that his doctoral thesis, the very foundation of his career, was significantly plagiarized seriously despite clear findings of plagiarism, the committee did not recommend he be posthumously stripped of his title, due to dr king's incredible services to the world and due. Review of the martin luther king jr, plagiarism story, edited by theodore pappas, (rockford, illinois: the rockford institute, 1994) 107 pages by te wilder contra mundum the extract is from the letter of recommendation for martin luther king which crozer for it is not only in his dissertation that king plagiarized.
In academic circles, this is called plagiarism, and it's usually enough to get your credentials revoked a boston university committee met to review the case in 1991, and found significant “authorship issues” with the dissertation, but advised against revoking the late dr king's credentials they did, however. Such an assessment appears extremely suspect – the evidence on record points to king's thesis being neither ground-breaking in its approach nor creative in its substantiation in fact, ralph luker, who conducted extensive research for the martin luther king papers project, posits that king's academic. Martin luther king jr's papers were donated by his wife coretta scott king to stanford university's king papers project during the late thus, the plagiarism in his dissertation seemed to be, by then, the product of his long-established practice the incident was first.
Dr martin luther king's greatness needs no explanation or introduction in the 50s and 60s his leadership in the civil in the end though, boston university did investigate the allegations of plagiarism and, in 1991, found that king's dissertation did contain plagiarism however, while the school appended a. There is no question but that dr king plagiarized in the dissertation, the boston university report declared, also stressing that the dissertation had enough original material to uphold the degree from the graduate school's division of religious studies the four-man panel said that revoking the degree of a. The news has been out since the late 1980s that martin luther king jr, the american civil rights icon, was a serial plagiarist not only did he plagiarize at least half of his doctoral thesis many of his speeches, including the most famous, were plagiarized too nor was this a recent development in his career - he had been.
In 1990, rumors went around the professorial cocktail-party circuit that scholars preparing an edition of martin luther king jr's papers had come across disturbing instances of plagiarism pappas got hold of king's doctoral thesis in theology and that of a certain jack boozer, who had preceded king as a. Torn between loyalty to his subject and to his discipline, the editor of the papers of the rev dr martin luther king jr reluctantly acknowledged yesterday that substantial parts of dr king's doctoral dissertation and other academic papers from his student years appeared to have been plagiarized.
Straight dope on martin luther king, jr did he plagiarize most of his writing, including his phd thesis considering how he was vilified while he was alive, martin luther king, jr has gotten off easy since his death, despite some embarrassing posthumous revelations partly that's because he's been. Martin luther king was a great man who clearly plagiarized his phd dissertation (and this plagiarism was probably known by his thesis adviser) i share the sentiments of most people: martin luther king, jr was a great man since i am a rather odd history and politics buff, i will list some little talked about. A committee of scholars appointed by boston university concluded today that the rev martin luther king jr plagiarized passages in his dissertation for a doctoral degree at the university 36 years ago there is no question, the committee said in a report to the university's provost, but that dr king.